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Colorado Falls 3-1 To Dallas In Preseason Matchup

Nikita Zadorov makes preseason debut after offseason surgery and Ty Lewis scores

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The Colorado Avalanche found the back of the net first but fell 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

Avalanche forward Ty Lewis scored his first goal of the preseason at 13:08 of the opening frame on the power play. Martin Kaut, Colorado's first selection (16th overall) at the 2018 NHL Draft, sent a cross-ice pass to Vladislav Kamenev, who fired a shot on net that Lewis was able to redirect past Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop. Lewis played 14:16 in the contest, including seeing time in all situations.

"He is a smart player, I think he can contribute in a lot of different ways," Avs head coach Jared Bednar said of Lewis. "As a young guy coming out of junior I have liked what I have seen. He obviously is a guy at the junior level that can put the puck in the net, he had 100 points in the Western League, it's not easy to score points in that league.

"The thing for him is at some point he will go up the road to Loveland (with the Colorado Eagles in the American Hockey League), and hopefully he can repeat his performance from last year and be an impact player for them there and keep contributing. He is an all-situations type guy, he can skate, he's smart--intelligent hockey player."

The Avalanche went 1-for-4 with the man advantage while the Stars were 1-for-3. Dallas' power-play tally came in the first minute of the second period to tie the game at 1-1 when Roope Hintz collected a rebound and sent the puck into Colorado's net.

Tyler Pitlick and Julius Honka both scored for Dallas in the third period to seal the win. Bishop made 21 saves on 22 shots in the contest.

"I don't think we generated enough offensively. We didn't have many chances to score goals," said Avs defenseman Nikita Zadorov. "We just need to work on it. We need to be more hungry on the puck, be better on the forecheck and everything. I mean the offensive aspect, we weren't there today."

Zadorov was playing in his first exhibition game of the campaign after having offseason shoulder surgery and finished the outing with 23:30 of ice time, four hits, two blocked shots and two penalty minutes.

"He is playing catchup a little bit. The other guys have got in some game situations, they understand the raised compete level from practice when you are playing against an opponent that is not an Avalanche," Bednar said of Zadorov. "He did some good things, some of the things he has to speed up a little bit, it looked like it was happening quick but I think for the most part both teams looked pretty tired to me.

"It's kind of that point in training camp where we have been grinding in practice, and we looked a little sluggish I thought. We had a decent start to the game, we were pretty good defensively early on, and then it looked like we ran out of gas."

Semyon Varlamov made his second start of the preseason in net for Colorado and stopped 24 of 27 shots.

The Avalanche is now 1-3-0 through four exhibition games and will continue its preseason on Friday when it hosts the Minnesota Wild.

Colorado Avalanche Lineup vs. Dallas Stars

Matt Calvert - Carl Soderberg - Martin Kaut
Sven Andrighetto - Tyson Jost - Colin Wilson
Sheldon Dries - Vladislav Kamenev - Logan O'Connor
Ty Lewis - Igor Shvyrev - Cody Bass

Nikita Zadorov - Mark Barberio
Patrik Nemeth - Mark Alt
Ryan Graves - Sergei Boikov

Semyon Varlamov
Pavel Francouz


Defenseman Nikita Zadorov on how it felt to be back in game action: "It was nice. It's been a long summer, you know, obviously with the recovery and everything, it's nice to get it done. It didn't go the way I wanted it to but it's OK, it's only the start, it's only preseason."

Video: Nikita Zadorov postgame interview

Defenseman Mark Barberio on playing exhibition games: "That's what you need, as much as you practice you need game time to get your timing back. Still got to work off a bit of rust, some timing things where I think I could have better gaps, just little things that come natural I guess while the season's going on. That's what preseason is for, to work out those kinks and keep improving."

Video: Mark Barberio after the preseason loss to the Stars

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